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if i know you are going to step up in my place. >> reporter: feels good, right? >> it does. i promise you, i struggled last year to pull all of this out of him. i did. i know now that i allowed the situation, the bad grades, the bad reports of the teachers, to have me put my anger first. >> reporter: as much as i'm a principal, i'm a father, and it's my hope that the relationship i have with my son is as strong as you have with yours. you should feel very good about yourself. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: proof is on the board. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> reporter: my man. thank you. >> thank you very much. i'm excited. >> and our education makeover continues tomorrow but for n now -- >> got to fix the school. >> moral imperative. good to see you as always.
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>> great. thanks, t.j. good morning, everyone. live from studio 7, the big stories for thursday, september 2nd, hurricane earl heads for a late night brush with north carolina's outer banks but a little wobble could make that brush more like a hard scrape. behind every good student you are likely to find empowered parents. our focus today as we continue to look for ways to fix our schools. >> i like to get good grades but sometimes if i'm feeling lazy, i will be lazy but my mom keeps me straight. >> no time for lazy. and a dad builds a playground that stretches a child's imagination. learning doesn't have to end when recess begins. >> how did you build this? >> well, we worked together and first there was only this much. and then we just had to do more. >> that's good stuff. good morning, everyone.
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i'm tony harris. those stories and your comments right here, right now in the "cnn newsroom." hurricane earl closing in on the east coast this hour, and that's where we find our rob marciano. he is in north carolina. rob, if you would, hang on for just a second here. the latest advisory just released and cnn, of course, is your hurricane headquarters. let's get right to reynolds wolf with that. reynolds? it let's show you what we've got. the storm is a category 4 hurricane as we speak. we're seeing something pretty interesting, though, and that is some drier air trying to make it insigned the wall, just inside the eye of this. if that happens, we may see some weakening over the next several hours. it is still a very dangerous storm at this time. the storm is, as i mentioned, a category 4. expect it to pass us to the north. 8:00 a.m. on friday with winds 115 miles an hour and pull to the north. that's a look at where it is now. you get an eidea of the strengt.
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let's get an idea on what's happening on the coast in the carolinas. rob marciano, what do you have for us? >> reporter: well, the sun is back out, reynolds. we've been in the cloud cover, the outflow you've been depicting with the satellite picture, but clearly the rainfall is pretty far off the coa coast. the winds, though, have picked up, and the waves have picked up as well. it's getting more rough here, larger swells rolling in probably anywhere from 8 to 12-footers at this point. the difference between here and, say, the gulf of mexico during a landfalling hurricane you get more surge over there but you get bigger waves here with the runup so that's going to be a huge issue going forward through this afternoon and tonight. we're going to see 20 or 30-footers washing up. where there's not protective dunes like here kill devil hills, those will wash out roadways. they can cut an entire inlet like hurricane isabelle in 2003. it's been a while since they saw a storm of any magnitude.
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it's been several years, as a matter of fact, and the county commissioner here, well, he's worried that people aren't taking this storm very seriously. >> what we need is for the visitors to heed the warnings, to evacuate. this is going to be an overnight storm which always makes it difficult because it's nighttime. >> reporter: that's always a scary proposition. anytime a storm comes in at peak intensity during the overnight hours it's certainly more scary. what's scary about this, reynolds, as you know if it jogs 10, 20, 30, 40 miles to the west, then that changes things dramatically. we go from having a tropical storm or category 1 winds here to potentially category 3 or 4 force winds. that track will be critical as we go forward. i know you have the latest information on that. i'll send it back to you in the studio. >> buckle down and be safe.
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folks at home, take a look at the backdrop he's got. the sunshine and the waves. what we're going to see over the next 24 hours is a dramatic transformation. let me show you why. it's all due to this thing, the biggest storm on the planet and even though we may see some weakening over the hours, it is going to be a mammoth system and we have breaking news on this. let me expand this just a little bit. the latest news says hurricane warnings now issued for parts of massachusetts for cape cod, martha's vineyard and nantucket island. the reason why is where the storm is heading. the thing to remember is if you look at that cone of uncertainty, it really doesn't matter if that storm pushes more to the east or more to the west. the wind field that we have, hurricane force winds extend 90 miles. tropical storm force winds will extend some 200 miles from the center so it doesn't even have to make direct contact with the land to cause widespread damage up and down the eastern seaboard perhaps affecting millions of people in terms of power outages and coastal flooding and of course flight delays. a lot of people will be grounded, no question about it. here is the latest we have for
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you again. hurricane warning in effect for much of cape cod. again, those strong winds will be felt back over to pawtucket and to newport over the next 24 to 48 hours. we're in for a rough haul, tony. no question about it. for the very latest, keep it here at cnn headquarters. >> i want to you say it one more time. use the map if it helps. hurricane force winds extending. please say that, reiterate that, make that point again. >> they're going to extend about 90 miles from the center of the eye. >> yes. >> but tropical storm force winds can extend some 200 miles from the center. so that's the point t. could have more of a glancing blow. it doesn't have to have a direct hit, so to speak, to cause damage and that should be the case with this particular storm. >> so get gone. >> absolutely. be ready for this. >> good stuff. terrific work. thank you guys. other big stories we're following for you, secretary of state hillary clinton opened fresh negotiations last hour between the israelis and palestinians. the leaders agreed to work toward a final peace deal within one year. major obstacles, israeli home
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building in the west bank and security for israel. >> you each have taken an important step toward freeing your peoples from the shackles of a history we cannot change. and moving to a future of peace and dignity that only you can create. >> the talks are scheduled to run through saturday. defense secretary robert gates arrived in afghanistan today from iraq. he is talking with afghan president hamid karzai and general david tpetraeus who is the commander of u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan. the coalition is in the process of tripling the size of its force in afghanistan as it tries to crush the taliban. maryland police detonate explosives after a hostage ordeal outside washington. police say james lee had four homemade bombs strapped to his body when he stormed into the
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discovery channel headquarters. investigators say lee, described as an environmental militant, wasn't lucid during the four-hour siege. it ended when a police sniper shot lee dead. three hostages escaped unharmed. so the holiday weekend is just around the corner but on wall street there is still some very important business to be processed. namely data on the employment front. alison kosik has more on what we're hearing about jobs. alison, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, tony. you know, it's been really busy here all week. investors not able to relax ahead of the labor day weekend. they have this influx of economic numbers all week. now the biggie was jobless claims. they fell by 6,000 last week to 472,000. i'll tell you what, it's a move in the right direction but that number, tony, still stubbornly high at this point. these claims really need to drop
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below the 400,000 mark for a rebound in the economy to really take hold. now this number comes ahead of the official government report on jobs and economists are expecting a loss of about 120,000 jobs in august. the unemployment rate is also expected to take up to 9.6%. though it's important to point out, tony, much of the loss in jobs, they'll attribute those to those government census jobs which have been really dragging down any positive momentum since early this summer. tony? >> alison, help me here. by historical standards is the labor market recovering better from this recession than from past recessions? >> reporter: you know, it's interesting because if it you're one of the people who's out of work, it certainly doesn't feel like we're in a recovery mode. this is really one of the many things that makes this recession that we just had so unique. you know, despite the sheer number of jobs that were lost, growth in the market has been happening much more quickly than in past recessions. i say quickly because we're
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talking about the speed of the jobs returning not the number of jobs that are returning. it took just six months after what's believed to be the end of the recession that began in december of 2007 to see the sustained job growth to return and that's compared to this substantially less severe recession that we saw after the gulf war when it took a full year for job growth to begin and then the downturn after the dot-com bust when the job market didn't truly grow for almost two years so, believe it or not, things a bit better here although it really feels painful at this point because we're going through this slow recovery. tony? >> particularly if you don't have a job right now. >> reporter: you said it. exactly. >> appreciate it. >> reporter: a lot of people in pain. and tomorrow we will get the august unemployment rate. that is a big number heading into the fourth quarter. so we will break it down with financial gurus diane swonk and danny boston. parental involvement in your child's education. is there such a thing as too much? students speak out. lood sugar.
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week because as america's children return to school, cnn has a mission. we have september reporting teams to document the education crisis in america. most importantly we will shine a light on success stories that can empower us to offer our children so much more than they are getting right now. who better to talk to than students themselves? we have pulled together some young people to talk about what works. parents, pay attention to what these young people have to say to cnn. >> reporter: is there anybody here whose parents are not at all involved in his education? >> well, mine are not involved but it's not a bad thing because of the language barrier. it's hard for them to be engaged in my education so i've had to take a very independent role when it comes to school. but i do have support for them. >> most of the time they're busy. i have to take responsibility and be independent on my own. >> reporter: do you think that makes it harder for you? >> somewhat. >> reporter: and for those of you whose folks are involved, in pta and are involved in your extracurricular being tifts, how
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do you think that helps you. >> well, my mom pushes me to do my best. i like to get good grades but sometimes if i'm feeling lazy, i will b lazy but my mom is the one that really keeps me straight. >> you need to know what your kid is doing at school. you need to know what kind of environment they're in, who their teachers are so you can relate to what they're going through. >> reporter: how much involvement is too much? >> my mom used to go online. she used to go on every single blog of my teachers, on those school websites to see what the events were coming up. i felt kind of just invaded a bit. >> my mother has actually worked at my school every year since i was in the seventh grade. she's always been there. it will be times where i'll be in the classroom and she'll just walk around the hallway. she'll take a little look in. tell me to come here. >> reporter: it's bad enough to get in trouble from your school from your teacher, you don't want it from mom, too. >> i know parents who work there, they follow them in the
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halls, they talk to them, and then, my friends are like, all right, that mom needs to give the kid some space. >> reporter: do you think it's worse at the middle school level or high school level? >> definitely high school. >> well, i think it's great when parents are involved, but they have to realize they need to let us spread our wings. >> reporter: how do you think too much parental involvement could harm your education? >> i know that there is a level of too much. personally i don't think it could ever harm you. >> i've seen some of my friends whose parents are really involved and always want to know exactly what's going on and it just smothers them as an individual learner. >> i think it hinders the student's ownership of their own education. it makes them think, oh, if i don't do this, then my parents are going to know. if i make a "b" or something lower than that, oh, no, my parents are going to do something. this is not learn from my mistakes and move forward. >> reporter: i think the moral of the story here was they want balance. they respond when their parents are involved.
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they want their parents to support them but they don't want them attached at the hip. >> yeah. now beyond embarrassment, i get that, trust me when i tell you i get that from my kids, is there another reason why young people wouldn't want their parents heavily involved in their education? >> they listed a couple, the big one being college. when they went off to college and got into the real world, there were some concerns about not being able to assimilate and take care of themselves. one young lady, maria flores, told us the fact her parents weren't as involved because of the language barrier felt her accomplish what she'd done on her own, taking responsibility for her own education. she felt she had gotten something out of that. >> tomorrow is friday. how do you plan to wrap this up? >> we ask students one thing they could do to fix their schools would be. they talked about some of the problems they've seen in the school systems and we'll bring you some of that. really we'll try to sum it up with their advice. >> that is terrific. good stuff, carl. see you tomorrow. appreciate it. what about the parent/teacher relationship? how do you as a parent communicate with your child's
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teacher effectively? that's where we come in. today we're starting a new segment, empowered parents. the goal, help parents and a half gate the sometimes tricky education system. today's assignment, how to talk to teachers and if they don't respond, how to take it to the next level. cnn education contributor steve perry provided this road map for us. first, identify the best way to communicate. ask the teacher if they prefer e-mail, a phone call or face-to-face meeting. once that's established and you've made contact, e-mail or call. what should be the time frame for a response? principal perry says two days max. if the teacher does not respond to you, report it to the principal's office. he says if you're not getting what you need, take it to the next level and a word of caution here. how am i timing out with the graphics? i think it's working. many parents make the mistake of doing all communication with teachers on back-to-school night. actually that's the worst time to grb a teacher's attention.
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they are literally overwhelmed by so many parents, they can't focus on your child's specific problems. i hope that helps. and as we continue to focus on fixing our schools, we will take a look at what's working in public education. i will talk with the principal from a charter school located in a chicago housing project about what he is doing to succeed. ♪ [ male announcer ] there is nothing more profound than hope. it is the promise that compels us to make the journey from wonder to discovery. the science of chemistry, our guide.
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hurricane earl, the storm on track to blow by north carolina's outer banks during the overnight hours tonight. cnn meteorologist reynolds wolf has an in-depth forecast coming up for you. dutch police freed two united air lines passengers monday. authorities say the yemeni men's luggage contained suspicious items but they found no link to a terror plot. and fresh legal troubles for rapper t.i. police arrested him and his new wife tiny at a traffic stop in los angeles after they smelled what they called a strong odor of marijuana. the pair made bail. both are due in court tomorrow. t.i. as you may know is on probation after serving time on a felony weapons conviction. getting down to the hard work of peacemaking. the first direct talks between israeli and palestinian leaders in 20 months started at the state department. it begs the question should the u.s. keep pushing for middle east peace or is this a waste of
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time? a tough question, i know. but that's our focus. a cnn quick vote shows 67% of you are not optimistic at all about the resumption of talks. only 7% very optimistic. about president obama is convinced middle east leaders must seize the moment. >> as i told each of them today, this moment of opportunity may not soon come again. they cannot afford to let it slip away. now is the time for leaders of courage and vision to deliver the peace that their people deserve. >> all right. let's bring in our white house correspondent suzanne malveaux. suzanne, secretary clinton mentioned the fact that they were veterans to the process coming to the table again should help the process. well, suzanne, you're a veteran yourself having covered the middle east process under presidents clinton and bush. here's the question. can secretary clinton and
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president obama break through where so many other u.s. leaders have failed, frankly? >> reporter: tony, it's a very good question. it was interesting that she acknowledged veterans around the table. i remember covering the summit back in 1998 when president clinton had at the table with him benjamin netanyahu and of course yasser arafat. fast forward to president bush when he was at the white house he was trying to get olmert to shake hands with abbas. now you have these players who are once again face-to-face, faced with a lot of questions here and negotiations. some real sticking points. what could possibly make this any different? there are a couple of things we're looking at. first the obama administration is starting this process early on, less than two years into the administration. he's taking it very seriously and bringing these leaders together. perhaps if he has eight years, another term, maybe they will see this to the end of that and you'll see middle east peace. that's one thing. president bush didn't give
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himself so much time. the second thing is we actually have seen recently some stability in the west bank when it comes to some security and as well as economically things getting better there. that is somewhat different than we've seen in the last couple years or so. and then finally think about it, tony, they have a mutual interest here when it comes to the threat of a nuclear iran. the israelis don't want to see it, the palestinians are threatened by it as well. it looks like iran is getting closer to establishing a nuclear program. that is mutual interest there, something they can agree on, and that will perhaps help them move forward. tony, who knows? we've been here before. a lot of veterans around. we're going to have to see if any of this shakes out in the months and perhaps even years to come. >> yeah, we've been here before and it's been disappointing. at the white house, suzanne malveaux. great to see you. thank you. next hour we will look at the core obstacles to a peace
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deal. one of them settlements. this was prime minister netanyahu just five months ago. >> everyone knows, everyone, americans, europeans, israelis, certainly, palestinians, everyone knows that these neighborhoods will be part of israel in any peace settlement and, therefore, build iing in tm in no way precludes the possibility of a two-state solution. >> just last hour the israeli prf prime minister was talking painful concessions from both sides. >> president abbas, i am fully aware and i respect your people's desire for sovereignty. i'm convinced it's possible to reconcile that desire with
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welcome back to cnn, your hurricane headquarters. i'm meteorologist reynolds wolf and this is hurricane earl. it's weakened a little bit. winds at 140 miles an hour and may weaken the next couple of hours. the reason i say this is you look at this image, you'll see a patch right about there. that's a little bit of dry air
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that's trying to get into the center core of the storm. if that happens, it could help weaken the storm considerably. that's the good news. bad news is it remains a powerful hurricane. as we walk on over, something else alarming is the direction of where this might be heading. the latest path at the national hurricane center shows it continuing on more of a northerly trajectory and veering off to the northeast, weakening as it moves into cooler water. a category 3 forecast as we get to 8:00 a.m. on friday morning. by friday evening moving just to the east of long island off the jersey shore, winds of 100 miles an hour. then fast forward to 8:00 in the morning on saturday. veering far to the north right off the coast of maine. however, there can be fluctuation in terms of power of the storm. certainly there could be some fluctuations in terms of the direction, where it's going to go. if you look at this shaded area right here, this is your cone of uncertainty. the storm may move closer to shore, may pull further to the east and out to sea. a lot of unknowns. keep in mind this storm is just immense and hurricane force winds are going to extend some
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90 miles from the center. tropical storm force winds up to 200 miles out of the center. you don't even have to have direct contact with the coast itself for the storm to cause some damage so power outages are going to be a possibility. obviously we could have focoast flooding and things are posted parts of the massachusetts coastline and also back into rhode island, even connecticut. these are the areas we have tropical storm force watches and warnings, a hurricane warning in effect for parts of the massachusetts coastline including, of course, cape cod and even martha's vineyard. tony, before i send it back to you, one thing i want to show you, earl is not the only game in town. we have two other systems we're watching. one, of course, is fiona, you see it there and the next one up gaston. this one has weakened a little bit. now just a depression but, still, this is what we see this time of the year, all eyes on the tropics. >> reynolds, come on over here for a second. we have some breaking news here. vermilion bay, you spend time in the new orleans area with the gulf oil spill, that's clearly
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in the new orleans area, correct? >> yes, that's right. >> breaking news just into cnn of a rig explosion that took place 80 miles south of vermilion bay. the rig in question is the vermilion oil rig owned by mariner energy. 13 people onboard. 12 are in the water right now. i don't know how quickly you can pull up something -- there you go. there's vermilion bay. >> not far at all from marsh island. the area of concern would be right here. a little target on there for you. yeah, this is an area where you have so many people that work -- obviously they work on the water. it's an awful thing to see certainly as we get more details it's going to be very interesting to find out the exact particulars of what happened. again, this is your area right here in this particular spot. >> and so 13 people reportedly onboard, 12 in the water, one missing at this point. you have a couple of helicopters
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in the air right now and the coast guard is responding of course. unknown injuries and no known status on the workers. we don't know if they hit the water with flotation devices. we just don't know. so that's what we know right now. let's see the area again one more time here, reynolds. >> back out a little bit, give people at home a better idea where this is taking place. let's clear this and let's expand this one more time. you have baton rouge here, here's new orleans. it's the southern half of the state. you have vermilion bay here and marsh island is just due to the north. you have so many back water areas back there so you have this spotty water, river water mixed in with the gulf water and that's where it occurred right in that spot right there. >> and we're talking about a rig explosion 80 miles south of vermilion bay. we will continue to follow the story. 13 people reported on the rig. 12 in the water. now one reported missing. we will get additional information and update the story
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it is almost unbelievable. we have another oil rig explosion in the gulf rejop. the vermilion oil rig owned by mariner energy has exploded 80 miles south of vermilion bay.
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we have some mapping of the general area. we don't have the specific location. 80 miles south of vermilion bay. reports of 13 people onboard the rig, 12 in the water right now, one person reported missing. we have helicopters in the air from the hughouston area. helicopters in the air from new orleans. the u.s. coast guard cutter "decisive" on its way. unknown injuries at this point. no known status of the workers. it is not known whether the workers hit the water with flotation devices. can you believe it? it at the vermilion oil rig owned by mariner energy, an explosion on that rig, 80 miles south of vermilion bay. we are hustling, as you can
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imagine, to get additional information, to get folks on the phone so that we can learn as much as we can learn. do we have anyone on the phone? who do we have on the phone? bill, you're on the line with us from the coast guard, correct? >> caller: this is bill. >> tell me what you know. >> we received a report at approximately 10:30 a.m. that an oil rig approximately 90 miles south of vermilion bay in louisiana, that an oil rig owned by mariner energy exploded. the 13 crew members aboard the platform, they abandoned the rig. 12 have been accounted for -- they all have been accounted for. one is injured. the 12 are in submergent suits. four coast guard rescue helicopters from air station new orleans and four coast guard helicopters from houston are en route as well as the coast guard
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cutter "decisive, man at that, skip jack" and four civilian vessels as well. >> let me check the numbers with you. 12 accounted for. were there 13 on the rig? my reporting in front of me says 13 people were onboard the rig. >> yes, we have -- we did -- yes, there are 1 3 reported to be aboard the rig and all have been accounted for. 12 are in emergent suits and one is injured. >> okay. >> and they will be taken to the medical center. >> do we know anything about the circumstances? i know it's very early. what might have happened here? >> we don't know what caused the rig to catch on fire but the incident is under investigation. >> and we are talking an explosion and fire? >> yes. there are reports that the rig is still on fire and that will
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be the cause of the incident will be under investigation and is under investigation as well. >> and since we are talking about an oil rig, i have to ask the question, are we aware of any leak from this rig? >> there are reports the rig was not actively producing any product so we do not know if there's any additional concerns of pollution even though it was not producing product. >> so, bill, just sort of to recap here, we have an explosion and a fire on this rig about 90 miles south of vermilion bay? >> yes, that's correct. vermilion is in a -- it's 90 miles south of vermilion bay. >> all right. and 13 people were onboard this rig. everyone has been accounted for at this point? >> yes, that is correct. coast guard helicopters and coast guard cutters are en route to rescue these people as soon as possible. >> and, bill, no word yet as to
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whether or not there is a leak, an oil leak, associated with this explosion and fire? >> that has not been determined. that will be under investigation. >> all right, bill. terrific. thank you. all right. we will continue to update this story. gecko: gd news sir, i jugot ae anople really love our claimservice. gecko:speciallthe auto repair xpress. repairs are fast and they're guaranteed for as long as you is thisyyourcphone?ey, th! gecko: yeah, 'course. sswhere do you po you...carry... for as long as you is thisyyourcphone?ey, th!
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you cannot believe it. another oil rig explosion in the gulf of mexico. it was april 20th -- it was april 20th when bp's deep water horizon rig exploded. 11 workers were killed. and the gulf region devastated by the oil spill. the leak, the gusher. and here we are the 2nd day of september and we have another oil rig explosion in the gulf. just 90 miles south of the vermilion bay in the terrebonne region, a rig has exploded owned by mariner energy. here is the great news. 13 workers on that rig, they all hit the water, all have been accounted for. one of the 13 suffered injuries but they have all been accounted
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for. what we don't know yet is whether we have a leak of any kind, of any consequence, associated with the explosion and fire on this rig. vermilion oil rig 380 owned by mariner energy. we will turn around our interview just a moment ago with the chief petty officer from the coast guard and play that for you in its entirety right here on the "cnn newsroom." fix our schools, those three words are driving much of what you see on cnn this week because, as america's children return to school, cnn has a mission. we've sent reporting teams across the country to document the education crisis in america. most importantly, we will shine a light on success stories that can empower us to offer our children so much more than they are getting right now. you might not expect to find a success story, a successful school next to a chicago housing
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project but the chicago international school's campus is determined to succeed against the odds. it is a charter school backed by edison learning and the principal michael campbell who i think is a real star in education. he is with us from chicago. michael, good to see you again, sir. >> good morning, tony. >> all right. let's talk this through here. set the scene for us, if you would. what were your challenges -- the challenges at the chicago international school's lloyd bond campus before you and edison took over. >> well, the challenges are always great when you're in an area such as ours where the demographics of the students you're serving are mostly low income students. one of the things that obviously helped us overcome those challenges are having great parents and a great staff around us. also, you have to overcome the idea of whether or not the
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expectations that the parents have for students as well as expectations that the students even have for themselves are the same or at least similar to those we have for them. so getting everyone onboard and getting everyone thinking in the same mind frame, mindset and knowing the challenges that are ahead and then understanding that we have to build the self-efficacy of children in order for them to believe and hold on to their successes, that was always a great challenge for us in the first year. >> belief in the children and parents and a belief in fi philosophy, it seems to me. did you walk through the doors of that school with a basic philosophy or approach? >> well, our basic philosophy obviously is kind of an old school approach, i lick to believe, and that is where we have the value system within the very curriculum that we're facilitating for children. in this millennium, tony, we're looking at children who need more than a hand held calculator in their hand than we did
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growing up. now we have to have clickers in their hands where students are going to be able to give you an instantaneous response to what they're thinking and graphically show that information on the board for them to infuse technology throughout the school, put laptops in the hands of children on a 3-1 ratio. those are the approaches that we use to really engage the learner. >> yeah. how do you make the home front -- the home front -- an extension of the school front? how are you structuring your parental interaction? >> well, we've got great parents and the one thing about having a school, the school can become the hub of a community. we can can have different events at night or in the evening time that just really attracts the neighborhood since there aren't a lot of opportunities out there for the parents and the families of our young. so we want to make sure, first of all, that we're listening to our parents and that any of their concerns or any of the dreams that they have for their
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children's education we can help them manifest those dreams into a reality and then welcoming the parents into the building to assist. i remember last year in our first week we tombly had three or four parents who were working in classrooms volunteering, helping set up centers, helping to read to students. i think that's the type of thing that's really going to allow us to be a great school and to help our community make that turn. >> okay. one last one for you, and i need an answer to this. i need you to help me look to a future where we have closed the achievement gap in this country where black and latino and white kids are all achieving at least more evenly. what would that mean? what would that mean, michael, for our country? >> well, that's going to create some extraordinary measures for america. the nclb has created standards that we all can look at now and say that these are the basic standards that allow everyone to
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have the civil rights to education. actually being lived. one of the things i believe is the standards that were set by that nclb really is the floor, tony. that's not the ceiling. if america is not careful, we'll be blind sided and realize that we haven't closed the global achievement gap that allows our children to compete against the children in singapore or that our students are trying to attend the illinois institute of technology here in chicago but the institute of technology, those students who don't get in are looking at m.i.t. as a fallback. we have to make certain that the standards we're teaching and the expectations we're setting forth for our children are far greater than even the government has established for us. >> yeah. michael, have a great school year. >> and once we're all -- once we're all on a level playing field, tony, with that, then we
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can compete globally. that's what i see for america. >> have a great school year and we'll be in touch with you throughout the year. michael, great to see you. >> thanks, tony. great to see you and hear you again. >> yeah, my pleasure, man. we posed that last question about closing the achievement gap and what it would mean to two superintendents we interviewed this week. here is what they said. >> it would mean everything for our country because we are becoming more diverse every single day and that is the lens through which we wrote our race to the top application to eliminate the achievement gap while accelerating the performance of every single group. it would be huge for this country. >> what that really means for us, tony, is it's no longer simply a moral imperative, no long aerosocial imperative, it really is an economic imperative. i know many of our viewers and listeners are familiar with the
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mckinsey report that talked about the literally trillions of dollars in economic productivity could be attributed to this great country if we could eliminate that achievement gap. i mean, i believe if we can eliminate the achievement gap, every state budget would be balanced. closing the achievement gap is no long aeromoral imperative. today it really is an economic imper quick update on the oil rig explosion. yes, another oil rig explosion in the gulf of mexico. this one taking place about 90 miles, 90 miles south of vermilion bay. we can give you a frame of reference on a map here. let's take a look at that in the terre bonne bay region, the vermilion oil rig 380, owned by mariner energy. a couple of minutes ago we talked about this explosion with
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the u.s. coast guard petty officer bill clock. >> caller: we have a report at 10:30 a.m. that an oil rig 90 miles south of vermilion bay in the terre bonne bay of louisiana, that an oil rig owned by mariner energy exploded. the 13 crew members aboard the platform, they abandoned the rig. 12 have been accounted for, they've all been accounted for. one is injured. four coast guard rescue helicopters from air station new orleans and four coast guard rescue helicopters from air station houston are en route. as well as the coast guard cutters "decisive" "manta" "skipjack" and four civilian vessels as well. >> bill, let me check these numbers with you. so 12 accounted for. were there 13 on the rig? my reporting in front of me now
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says 13 people were on board the rig. >> caller: yes, we did -- yes, there are 13 that were reported to be aboard that rig and all, all have been accounted for. 12 are in emergency suits and one is injured. >> okay. >> caller: and they will be taken to terre bonne general medical center. >> do we know anything about the circumstances? i know it's very early, of what might have happened here? >> caller: we don't know what caused the rig to catch on fire. but the incident is under investigation. >> and we're talking about an explosion and fire? >> caller: yes, there are reports that the rig is still on fire. and that will be the cause of the incident will be under investigation. and is under investigation as well. >> and since we were stalking about an oil rig, i have to ask the question, are we aware of any leak from this rig? >> caller: there are reports that the rig was not actively
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producing any product. so we do not know if there's any additional concerns of pollution, even though it was not producing product. >> so just sort of to recap here. we've got an explosion and a fire on this rug, about 90 miles sort of vermilion bay, terr terre bonne bay region? >> caller: it's in, it's 90 miles south of vermilion bay. >> all right. and 13 people were on board the rig, everyone has been accounted for at this point? >> yes, that is correct. and coast guard helicopters and coast guard cutters are en route to rescue these people as soon as possible. >> and bill, no word yet as to whether or not there is a leak, an oil leak associated with this explosion and fire? >> caller: that has not been determined. that will be under investigation. i remember being at the hospital thinking,
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we're following breaking news in the gulf of mexico. an oil rig exploded. yeah, you heard me correctly. an oil rig explosion in the gulf. all 13 workers on the rig -- and here's the great news, are accounted for. one worker was injured. the rig is located in the gulf of mexico, about 90 miles sort of vermilion bay, owned by mariner energy. let's take a break, we'll update the story in a couple of minutes. and some new breaking news coming to us as well.
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just in to cnn, the justice department has filed a lawsuit against sheriff joe arpaio, the sheriff of maricopa county, arizona. we understand that the lawsuit says sheriff arpaio has not cooperated with the probe of his office. the justice department gave arpaio until august 17th, to hand over documents it first asked for 15 months ago. what's the at the crux of this? it seems negotiations have failed to produce an agreement on the government's request on documents to investigate possible discrimination against hispanics, we'll continue to follow developments on this front. breaking news from the gulf of mexico, it will sound all too familiar. an oil rig 90 miles south of the louisiana coastline is burning right now. it exploded last hour. 13 workers were on the rig.
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rescue vessels we understand are on the way. the rig is owned by mariner energy company based in houston. i talked with a coast guard petty officer a short time ago. >> caller: we received a report at approximately 10:30 a.m. that an oil rig approximately 90 miles south of vermilion bay in the terre bonne bay region of louisiana, that an oil rig owned by mariner energy exploded. the 13 crew members aboard the platform, they abandoned the rig. 12 have been accounted for. they all have been accounted for. one is injured. the 12 are in emergent suits. four coast ard rescue helicopters from air station new orleans and four coast guard rescue helicopters from air station houston are en route. as well as the coast guard cutters, "decisive" "manta" "skipjack" and four civilian
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vessels as well. >> bill, let me check the numbers. 12 accounted for, were there 13 on the rig? my reporting in front of me says 13 people were on board the rig. >> caller: yes, there are 13 that were reported to be aboard the rig and all have been accounted for. 12 are in emergent suits and one is injured. >> okay. >> caller: and they will be taken to terre bonne general medical center. >> do we know anything about the circumstances? i know it's very early, of what might have happened here? >> caller: we don't know what, what caused the rig to catch on fire. but the incident is under investigation. >> and we are talking about an explosion and fire? >> caller: yes, there is, the rig, there are reports that the rig is still on fire. and that will be the cause of the incident will be under investigation. and is under investigation as well. >> since we are talking about an oil rig, i have to ask the
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question -- are we aware of any leak from this rig? >> caller: there are reports that the rig was not actively producing any product. so we do not know if there's any additional concerns of pollution. even though it was not producing product. >> so just sort of to recap here. we've got an explosion and a fire on this rig, about 90 miles south of vermilion bay, terre bonne bay region? >> caller: yes, that's correct. it's in, it's 90 miles south of vermilion bay. >> and 13 people were on board this rig. everyone has been accounted for at this point? >> caller: yes, that is correct. and coast guard headquarters and coast guard cutters are on, are en route to rescue these people as soon as possible. >> and bill, no word yet as to whether or not there is a leak, an oil leak associated with this explosion and fire?
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>> caller: that has not been determined. that will be under investigation. >> let's do 0 a little bit more on this, associate professor jean beck from texas a&m is on the line with us right now. what do you know about this particular rig? >> caller: i don't know anything about this particular rig. i'm just trying to look at some of the information. i was just notified of this just a few minutes ago. you know, it's just on the surface from what i'm looking at, you know, there's a low numb of people on the rig. 12 to 13 people. it's in shallower water, 450 feet of water. the gentleman from the coast guard referred to it as a platform. which would tell you it's not a floating vessel, it's bottom-supported. that would all mean that you know, the leak and the explosion and the containment, the blow-out preventers and everything that would be on the rig would be probably up on the platform, as owe potioned to
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sitting on the seabed. >> is there a difference between a production platform and a, and a drilling rig? >> yes. there's quite a bit of difference. now at times a production platform can host a drilling rig. it can, a rig can set up and work on the platform. and that with appear to be what was happening here. but there are several types of drilling rigs. this could have been what we call a workover rig, where they were working 0 an existing well as opposed to trying to drill a new well. and of course, we don't know all of that. that's all speculation. but the number of people involved, my immediate suspicion is that this was a work-over rig, working on an existing, producing well. and you know, what we call a shelf. so not in deep water. so on production platform out on the shelf. that's where i'm going with it right now. just with what i know. >> any thoughts as to whether or not whatever this is, if you get
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an explosion and a fire as we've had in this case, would you expect there to be some kind of oil spill, some kind of leak associated with this? >> caller: i don't, i wouldn't say spill yet. and i wouldn't even go to oil yet. my first suspicion would be gas. because generally when you have an explosion, it's driven by high pressure, which is usually natural gas as opposed to oil. so i mean, my suspicion would be that it was a natural gas well had blew out during a work-over. but once again, that's pure speculation on virtually no information on my part. >> well we're going to get more information. we'll certainly circle back with you, associate professor gene beck, texas a&m, thanks for your time. we're going 0 get the latest on hurricane earl in a live report from our rob marsian owe in a couple of minutes. in a couple of minutes. in
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louisiana. everyone has been accounted for. one of the 13 workers suffered injuries, but the good news here is that everyone on that rig accounted for. and just one person with injuries. we don't know the extent of the injuries at this point. speculation now suggesting that it might have been a natural gas explosion. but that is still very early at this point. and we're going to continue to follow developments here. at this point, no suggestion that there is an oil leak or spill associated with this explosion and fire on the vermilion oil rig 380. but we're still very early in this process. the investigation is probably just getting under way at this point. the good news is that everyone on board that rig, all 13 people have been accounted for. just one injury at this point. we'll continue to work it and get as much information to you as soon as we get it. cnn is your hurricane
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headquarters, right now we're tracking hurricane earl as it closes in on the east coast. north carolina likely to face the storm as early as tonight. forecasters are not expecting a direct hit, but we will check that if our forecasters. but it will be plenty bad enough. while north carolina is first in line, warnings, watches are in place all up and down the east coast. all the way up to new england. this storm bigger than the state of california, if you can believe that. >> it's a serious storm. and we all need to treat it like a serious storm. we're watching very carefully and will all night, what happens to the storm as it approaches closer to our coast. we believe we'll begin to get winds late this afternoon along the eastern part of the state. and they're telling me that raleigh may not feel much at all. and no rainfall is predicted for this area right now. >> okay. the quiet before the storm. cnn's rob marciano, is that a
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windsurfer, rob, that i just saw you go by you here? at kill devil hills is where rob is in north carolina. you've got some surf and you've got people who are out and waiting to see what they can see of earl? >> yeah, well we're very close to where the wright brothers took their first flight, and the gentleman behind me doing his best get big surf in the winds that have kicked up. so wind-freshening and the clouds lowering and lifeguards have their hands full. it's supposed to be a no-swim zone. surfers and kiteboarders, they give a little more latitude to, but look at this, a little bit of surge here, we're coming up on high tide. this is as high as i've seen the water come. so clearly at the peak of the storm, which will be another 12 hours, when we see a high tide again, 1:00, 2:00 in the morning, it will time out to when this thing is going to be
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parallel to us, so i'm guessing that the waves are going to be up here near this dune. the good thing is that north carolina beaches, a lot of them are protected by big dunes, unlike the gulf coast. but the waves can get monstrous, in an area where there's not the big dunes, you can get washouts, roads that are completely cut off. so that's going to be the fear here as this storm comes on board. we do have evacuations, mandatory evacuations for all visitors here in derrick county and the entire outer banks and some mandatory evacuations for some residents in some of the outlying islands. the forecast hasn't changed a whole lot. if it does jog a little farther west, we'll see cat two, cat three winds here. we'll be in the eyewall. but as it stands now, we're hoping the forecast verifies, and it would probably give us category one-strength winds tonight around midnight. as the guys in the cnn severe weather center have been telling you, it's too close to call when
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the storms parallel the coastline. when jog to left and we're in trouble. and things are starting to get a little more ominous for the first time since we've been down here, tony. >> when does mandatory not mean mandatory when you've got people there on boards? will you do me a favor and give me a little play by play. while you've been talking to us, we've been watching people ripping it up out there. will you turn around and take a look at what you're seeing? describe it for us, please? >> i didn't hear quite the last part of your question, let me make this point, this is america, right? you really can't force somebody to leave. so -- when they say mandatory, they really mean, we strongly advise. and you know, otherwise they'd be taking us away in handcuffs, too. so we'll cover it for you throughout the evening as safely as possible and give you a taste of what storms can do to u.s. coastline this time of year. >> that was well-handled, rob.
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that was very good. let's get the latest on this storm from reynolds wolf, who is in our hurricane headquarters. >> great stuff. i wish we had some better news to share with you. but we're seeing a few things right now that are kind of favorable. let's take you frame by frame of the image that we have. you see the areas shaded in the blues and reds, the spots where you have the coldest cloud tops, indicating some of the heaviest rainfall. as we fast-forward, one frame after another, there's a little bit of dry air beginning to invade part of the hurricane as we put this into motion, again a few more frames here and there, you see there it is, the dry air. the reason it's important to mention, that's one of the things that can help break the storm apart. a couple of the big enemies of these kind of storms. one, cold water and the second thing would be shear. there's a little intrusion to the dry air, and that could break up the overall structure of the storm, or at least weaken it a little bit. it's still a powerhouse, a category 4 hurricane and it's
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expected to stay parallel and veer a little more to the northeast in the coming days, but that brings us to another big point. the point is, this is a huge storm. so even if this weren't going to hug the coastline altogether. you've got hurricane-force winds that are going to extend 90 miles away from the center that are easily going to come on shore. tropical storm-force winds could extend 200 miles from the center. so places like the outer banks definitely are going to get some heavy wave action, strong winds and pounding rain. it shoulding something that should be very interesting to see, especially over the next couple of hours. already hurricane warnings now in effect also for parts of massachusetts, including cape cod. out towards martha's vineyard. it's going to be a rough time in the coming days, no question. let's send it back to you. >> appreciate it. happening now, the state department direct peace talks between israeli prime minister, benjamin netenyahu and palestinian president, mahmoud abbas. both sides agreeing to work toward a final deal within one
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year. the talks face serious, serious obstacles. a key palestinian demand is that a freeze on jewish settlement activity building in the west bank be continued. but settlers in a community where four people were killed on tuesday resumed building settlements there on wednesday. secretary of state hillary clinton acknowledged the challenges while pushing forward for peace. >> we understand the suspicion and skepticism that so many feel borne out of years of conflict and frustrated hopes. the tragic act of terror on tuesday and the terrorist shooting yesterday are yet additional reminders of the human costs of this conflict. >> we will take a closer look at the obstacles later this hour in live reports from jerusalem and ramallah. let's give you update on what we know. connected to the vermilion
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oil rig 380 owned by mariner energy. it exploded a little over an hour ago. about 90 miles south of vermilion bay. 13 people workers, on board that rig, all have been accounted tore. one suffering injuries. we do not know at this point the extent of the injuries. and this is being described now as a production platform. an explosion and fire, 13 people all accounted for. that's the good news, we'll continue to update the story for you right here in the cnn news room. ( revving, siren blares ) there's no way to hide it. sir, have you been drinking tonight?
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if you ride drunk, you will get caught... and you will get arrested. okay. we want to give you another quick update on the developing story, the breaking news from about an hour ago. we're talking about a rig explosion. still caught between whether
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this is a producing rig, a drilling rig or a production platform. and there is a difference. it is the vermilion oil rig 380, owned by mariner energy. and the explosion happening about an hour ago, about 90 miles south of vermilion bay, in the terre bonne bay region. 13 workers on board the rig, all of them hit the water, all now accounted for. one with injuries, and we don't know the extent of the injuries. there was an explosion, there is is a fire ongoing, we understand. we will continue to try to gather additional information on this and update the story. if you need a home, listen up for a second here. habitat for humanity of indianapolis needs some first-time home-buyers. they say they won't be able to build any new homes next year unless they have qualified families for them. daniel miller with our cnn affiliate, wish has the story. >> reporter: in the 1000 block of east ninth street and indianapolis, volunteers are busy working to finish this new
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home. on thursday, a new family moves in. it's their first home built by habitat for humanity. >> this is our first home we've ever gotten before the indianapolis historic preservation committee. >> this is dozen of habitat bills each year in the circle city, but for the first time, the organization says they're in need of families to fill them. >> we need a bank of families to be able to work with here in the city. >> reporter: jennifer coffee said habitat is looking for 30 first-time home buyers. she said they won't be able to build unless they have a family. >> needing 30 families means that we're putting some homes on hold a little bit. >> reporter: in order to be eligible for a habitat home families have to meet the qualifications. coffee says the biggest hang-up? families' fear of taking on a mortgage. >> if a person is paying more than $400 in rent, they're throwing their money away. >> reporter: but coffee said a few habitat homes have gone into
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foreclosure, leaving them vacant. >> there is a mortgage payment that these families have to pay. the average is $350. so if, if they don't pay the $350, then unfortunately they can't stay. >> reporter: habitat said they hope it sends a message to low-income families, if they want a home, now is the time. >> all right. let's get you to the daily briefing. the white house davely briefing. white house spokesman robert gibbs offering comments on hurricane earl. >> we will let you know when that happens. yes, ma'am? >> do you have any sort of update to offer on how the talks are going so far? >> well let me give you a little bit from, well obviously as you all know, the talks are ongoing, we expect that at some point, i would say in the next hour or so, senator mitchell, our special envoy for middle east peace, will conduct a briefing on what has transpired today.
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i would say that the president was encouraged in his meetings yesterday by the very serious attitude that each of the leaders brought about, about these talks and about a long-term lasting peace for the middle east. all viewed this as a tremendously important opportunity. i think you all saw the pictures last evening and the powerful statements that were made by the leaders in the middle east. i would also say that the president has, as he did in the rose garden yesterday afternoon, remind everyone that there are still deep divisions. there are still years of mistrust to overcome. that's not going to be wiped away in one meeting or in one
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day. and we understand that. the failure, though, failure to try is not, not something that the president wants to do. >> one of those deep divisions against hamas. how does the administration plan to deal with them? they don't recognize israel. is there a plan for dealing with hamas? >> well, i look, why don't i defer questions about what transpired today in the talks until senator mitchell has an opportunity to answer some of those questions at the conclusion of the meetings today. >> robert, question about christine roemer's remarks yesterday. she said i have in front of me the only sure-fire way for the policy-makers are for the government to spend more and tax less. >> you just heard the white
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a very busy day in the cnn news room. two big stories we're following for you right now. the left of your screen, it is the story of the production platform. and i think that's what we're referring to it at this point. but a production platform explosion in the gulf of mexico. about 90 miles south of vermilion bay. again, about, let's get back to the white house briefing. because we believe robert gibbs is talking about the rig, the platform explosion. >> this is a, i'm told this is a production platform about 100 miles off the coast, i'm told that the depth of the water is about 340 feet. so this is not a deepwater facility. as i understand it, the well was
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not in active production. i will in some ways reiterate what i think the coast guard has said in a statement that they have released. and that is that they responded to the preliminary reports of a fire on board an oil platform in the gulf. the initial report that we got were that 13 persons, 13 people were on the platform, they are accounted for, one is injured and is on his way out of that area. two coast guard cutters, multiple coast guard aircraft were en route. one coast guard cutter was on the scene. we'll continue to gather information as we respond. we obviously have response assets ready for deployment should we receive reports of pollution in the water. >> is the president convinced that the inspection of rigs in the gulf of mexico is moving
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fast enough? >> i've not gotten a recent update on that. i will try to get one. obviously we've had taken some, we took a series of steps after the bp incident. primarily around deepwater drilling. let me not go too much further than what i have. if this situation warrants, we'll certainly update that. i will say that the president was in a meeting in the situation room. i don't know if he's been notified. john brennan who is in that meeting, does know about the incident, before somebody asks, i don't know whether or not -- it's the national security room. if john had or had not had a chance to discussion that with the president. >> who is in charge of following up with the coast guard? >> i do not know who is on the scene. the coast guard obviously the production facility is located in federal waters. they are the ones that are in response. i don't know if there's a, who
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the highest-ranking person is on the scene. >> and following up on the middle east peace talks, what does the president see as his role going forward now? does he feel that he's appropriately set the stage and now it's secretary clinton who is taking the lead? and if there's additional talks say hosted by egypt, would the president be the one who would be attending? or is he stepping back now and letting others -- >> i don't, i don't want to make any scheduling pronouncements. i'll do this in a couple of ways. obviously secretary clinton has, is conducting and is the lead on this, as she conducts these meetings today. obviously our special envoy, george mitchell has spent a lot of time in the region, as has the secretary. look, we have said this from the very beginning, and as i've mentioned the other day, one of the very first things the president did upon walking into the oval office, that very first full morning, was to make calls
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to leaders in the region. some of whom obviously were here yesterday. i think this is true historically. and that is, when we are actively involved and engaged, there's a better chance for peace. that's been president obama's viewpoint and the whole team's viewpoint. so i can't speak to what our involvement would be at different points. i would leave that for sort of a situational discussion. but obviously we have over the past many months been actively involved and engaged and will continue to be actively involved and engaged, as the best way to make progress, we have always felt. is, is to do so the same way they're doing today. and that is, to stit at the table and have direct talks. >> and does the president see the scenario differently, more
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optimistically than previous administrations because of more stability in the west bank or because of a potential neutral threat from iran becoming nuclear? >> well, again first and foremost, i think the president felt that the meetings yesterday as he said were productive and believed that each of the leaders was genuine and serious about seeking peace. you know, at the same time we understand that this is, as i said earlier, this is, this is something that has eluded generations. we're mindful of that. so we will stay engaged and do what is necessary and hope each side will take steps that are necessary to build confidence and make the talks productive. >> potential mutual threat by a
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nuclear iran to help bring the two sides together? >> we have always maintained that peace was in the best interests of each of these entities involved. regardless of anything else in the middle east. that was true when the president first came in and certainly is true and is governing our actions today. yes, sir? >> the numbers for members of congress have gone through the floor in recent weeks. for the democrats. why do you think that is and why hasn't the president done more during the recess in august basically, to try to shore them up? they're in a terrible spot. >> polling numbers, for people who are running for office. democrats' numbers have nosedived during the month of august. >> you sound like a radio guy. >> i could give a chart, but you get the idea. >> the president will continue
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to make a very active case for the steps that the administration is taking. and while we have to continue to move forward on that path. >> he didn't do much during august. why not? >> i will say this, bill. the, the president has been fairly active in both campaigning and in raising money. the, what the president is helping the democratic national committee do is something that the democratic national committee has never done, in supporting senate and congressional candidates. >> let's circle back to the breaking news that we've been following for you here in the cnn news room. and that's the story of the production platform explosion in the gulf of mexico. you heard the white house spokesman, robert gibbs refer to it when he referred to a statement from the coast guard. i have the statement. let me read it, it's brief, to you. the coast guard and other federal partners responded
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immediately to preliminary reports of a fire on board an offshore oil platform in the gulf of mexico. our initial information says that all 13 persons are accounted for and safely aboard a commercial vessel and one is injured. two coast guard cutters and multiple coast guard aircraft are en route. one coast guard helicopter is on the scene. we continue to gather information and will respond with full force and we have oil spill response assets immediately ready to to deploy, should we receive any reports of pollution. >> this is an explosion and fire on board a production platform. 13 workers all accounted for, one with injuries. we will continue to update the story. let's take a break and we're back in a moment. praiser: well you rarely see them in this good of shape. appraiser: for example the fingers are perfect. appraiser: the bird is in mint condition. appraiser: and i would say if this were to go to auction today,
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injuries 679 but again the coast guard is responding in force to this explosion and fire. we don't know of any spill or any leak of oil associated with this at this point. but let me read this other line from the coast guard statement. the coast guard saying that it has oil spill response assets ready for immediate deployment should we receive any reports of pollution. so we will continue to follow this story and bring you updates as we get them. now to the difficult work of peace-making, happeningite now at the state department. israeli prime minister, benjamin netenyahu and palestinian prime minister mahmoud abbas agreeing to participate in talks face to face. we want to continue with cnn's
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paula hancock and ben weedman is in the west bank town of ramallah. paula, let me begin with you. what is the biggest obstacle to peace in the eyes of israelis? >> well tony, it has to be security. this is the one thing that the israeli prime minister said consistently throughout the past few years. and during this speech that he just made, he mentioned this word so many times. and the fact is, he strengthened in his desire for security and call for security. over the past couple of days in the west bank there's been two attacks from hamas. now on tuesday night four israeli settlers were killed in a drive-by shooting and wednesday night two israeli settlors were injured. the security is what the president is trying to put across. and ha could scupper everything is the issue of the settlers in the west bank. back here there's a lot going
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on. those settlers are now starting to ignore the ten-month settlement freeze and they're building settlements once again. they say it's in reaction to what happened over the past couple of days. they don't believe their prime minister should be talking peace. so now they're just ignoring the freeze and carrying on with construction. tony? >> paula, can a fractured palestinian government deliver on any promises on security? certainly, the palestinian authority, which is in control of the west bank, palestinian president mahmoud abbas' government, is able. they've increased the security in the west bank immeasurably over recent years, you remember back to the early 2000s and security was really bad. but they've got the security forces in place. they are a lot stronger. of course, gaza is a completely different matter. this is run by hamas. the question is, how do you
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marry the two? the two haven't managed to get a unity government and to agree on a unity government at this point. and while you possibly can't start these talks without hamas on board, you really can't finish them without half the palestinian people being represented. tony? >> paula appreciate it, thank you. ben, same question to you. what is the main obstacle to peace in the eyes of palestinians? >> well, for palestinians for quite sometime, it's been the question of the israeli settlements in the west bank and east jerusalem. we've seen settler population in those two areas grow to about half a million. they're living on land the palestinians are hoping will become part of their state and therefore, that is the main issue. as paula rightly mentioned, security has become a big issue, we saw certainly today in washington. both prime minister benjamin netenyahu and the palestinian president, mahmoud abbas, stressing on it.
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and these attacks that took place on tuesday and wednesday have put the palestinians on the defensive again. we heard the palestinian president stressing about how much they have done. the palestinian authority has done, to bolster security in the areas to guarantee to israel that there won't be more attacks on israel. so even now until now one of the reasons for the delay in the recei reassumption of the direct talks was the settlements on the west bank and in east jerusalem. the ball is in the palestinian court to prove to israelis that they can secure, they can guarantee security as the process goes forward. tony? >> ben wedeman and paula hancocks, thank you, both. when we come back we'll learn more about the production platform that exploded just over an hour and a half ago in the gulf of mexico. we're back in a moment.
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let's see if we can get you the latest information and move the story ahead a little bit. we're talking about this pluks platform explosion in the gulf
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of mexico. 102 miles south of vermilion bay, in the terre bonne bay region. 13 people on board the rig at the time of the explosion and fire, all accounted for, one with injuries. "wall street journal" reporter ben castleman is on the line with us. and ben, help us understand a little bit more about the company that owned this platform. what do you know about mariner energy? >> caller: well mariner energy is relatively small as far as offshore operators go. you get lots of these small companies that operate onshore relatively few of them offshore. interesting fact about mariner is it's in the process of being acquired by a somewhat larger company, apache corps. that deal has not been completed. and we'll see what impact this might have. >> what is this rig that we're talking about? i mean we've got information that it is, it has the capability of being a drilling
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rig. but it's also a production platform. can you help us sort out at least what this particular operation, this platform was functioning as at the time of this explosion and fire? >> caller: yeah, we're still getting details on that. from what we understand right now, it is a so-called fixed-platform, that means it doesn't move around. it's anchored to the sea floor in just about 300 feet of water and it primarily is a production platform. so, so oil and gas and it seems in this case, probably mostly gas comes into the platform. as far as we understand, there are not people on it on a day-to-day basis. they just come on when there's a job that needs doing. what we don't know is what kind of operation might be going on on board that rig in this particular case. >> does it sound like, we had a professor on from texas a&m earlier in the hour. his speculation was, it sounded like a natural gas explosion. if you had to speculate at this time, and i know you don't want
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to, does it sound like a natural gas explosion to you? >> caller: our understanding is it was a natural gas production platform. whether it was natural gas that exploded or whether there could be a fire of some other kind on the rig, i think we just don't know yet. >> ben castleman is a reporter for "the wall street journal." thanks for your time. appreciate it. cnn is your hurricane headquarters and we want to get you the up-to-date information on hurricane earl. reynolds wolf is tracking it for us. give us the latest that you have. >> it's still a powerhouse there are some good signs, we'll get to those this due course. what we know is it is a category four storm, the strongest one on the planet. winds are up to 140, gusts to 165 miles per hour. a couple of things we're seeing right now look pretty favorable for this thing to actually weaken. one thing we're seeing if you look at the last couple of frames of this, you'll see a little bit of drier air that's trying to invade, getting a
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little bit closer to the eye. the reason why that's important is because these storms have a structure very similar to a wheel. you have the wheel, the center of the wheel and you've got your spokes. well having the dry air coming in is almost like knocking out a few of the spokes. it actually breaks up some of the structure, the storm itself, thus it can help weaken the storm. that's exactly what the national hurricane center is forecasting is that the storm is expected to weaken. the latest forecast from the national hurricane center shows that it's going to, the storm is expected to veer north then to the northeast. dropping in intensity to a category three storm into early friday morning. by friday evening, a category two storm and veering right past boston, farther up off the coast of maine, as a category one, into saturday morning. the thing to remember is this is a very big storm, very wide, so if it were to pass on the outer banks, the way it's forecast now, the eye of this, the center is expected to be within 60 miles of the outer banks of
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north carolina. with tropical storm winds, extending some 200 miles away from the center. with hurricane-force winds extending 90 miles from the center. what that means, the outer banks is going to get blasted by some of the strongest winds. we've got tropical storm watches in effect, hurricane warnings in effect. you see them extending as far south as the carolina coast. as far north as maine. what we're going to see at a minimum is wind gusts of 80-plus miles per hour. waves from 25 to 30 feet by the evening hours. and the storm surge at two to three feet. but something else to mention, too, tony is keep in mind, you don't have to be near the storm to be affected. off the florida coastline, they'll be dealing with some very strong rip currents all up and down the eastern seaboard. >> people have to be careful. >> absolutely. do we have rob's shot up, available to us? if we do, if we do, let's -- there it is. that's what's happening now. >> very deceiving, though. it looks okay.
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just an hour or so ago, we had plenty of sunshine, blue skies, it looked great. but you get out in the water, you hit a bad area where the water is being pushed up against the coastline, the rip currents are going to be enhanced. >> that doesn't look calm to me, and what we know based on your forecast as to what's coming, that's the leading edge. that's a significant chop at least in my eyes receipt now. riding out the storm -- okay. we do. david reed is on the line with us. and david, i understand was a witness to the production platform explosion and fire that we've been telling you about for the last hour or so in the gulf of mexico. david, good to talk to you. how are you, first of all, are you okay? >> caller: doing fantastic, sir. >> david, if you would, describe what you saw. >> caller: we did not see it explode. but we saw the plume of smoke immediately after the fire, after it did explode.
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shortly after, we started hearing chatter over all the radio frequencies. and they were calling from all area boats and helicopters to come and assist in the rescue. we did not know how many people were in the water. it was probably about 20 or 30 minutes later they reported that there were 13 people in the water. it took approximately an hour for helicopters to get here. and it's my understanding that all 13 people have been pulled from the water. and they have reported that there were no injuries. i've heard this directly from the helicopters talking to each other. >> david, where were you? what was your vantage point on this. >> i am on a jacked-up oil rig 14 miles from the platform that blew up. >> i think jen cook, is this a picture, david, did you, did you snap this picture that we're looking at right now? >> yes, i did, sir.
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>> and i'm trying to make it out. i can't see much in the photograph. am i missing something? when did you -- >> that particular picture, that particular picture in the very center is probably about 20 to 30 minutes after it actually blew up. so some of the other pictures that i showed or i sent in actually showed the plume of smoke going up. >> we'll get those pictures produced and on the air as quickly as possible. could you believe your eyes? given what we know about the explosion of the deepwater horizon in april, could you believe you were looking at, that you were actually looking at another fire from a production platform in the gulf of mexico? could you believe it? >> actually, no. i could tell you that having worked in the gulf of mexico for six years, it's actually very safe out here. safety is of upmost concern. and the fact that this has happened again so soon after the, you know, the deepwater
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horizon is, is surprising. it's very surprising. >> well the good news here is that as you mentioned, 13 workers were on the rig, they were all at some point in the water. all are accounted for. all but all but one absolutely fine. one person with some injuries, we don't know the extent of the injuries. but a lot of coast guard assets are on that location now at the scene. more assets we understand are on the way. david, we appreciate it. thanks for your time and thanks for the photographs. >> thanks very much, tony. we will take a break.
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let's see if we can wrap this hour and get you to ali
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velshi in new york in just a moment. let's see the split of the two big stories we've been following for you. we've got the story of the production platform that exploded. an explosion and fire in the gulf coast on this production platform about an hour and a half ago. 13 workers on the rig at the time. and we understand they are all accounted for, one with injuries, we don't know the extent of the injuries. but that worker is being taken out of the area to a hospital for treatment of injuries. and to the right of your screen you're seeing the image of a massive storm. that is hurricane earl. a category four storm right now. that is making its way, you can see from the path here, right along the eastern seaboard. and we've been showing you these pictures, maybe we can squeeze them in quickly here. the live pictures from kill devil hills, the outer banks of north carolina. we don't have the pictures right now. again, this is a very, very
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dangerous storm. manndatory evacuation orders ar in place for folks along the outer banks, it's a serious storm that you need to keep an eye on and make your preparations for. and one more story to get here, the justice departments had filed a lawsuit against sheriff joe arpaio. it seems negotiations have failed to produce an agreement on the government's request for documents to investigate possible discriminations against hispanics. here's the sheriffs response to that lawsuit. >> it's sad, we just met with these people in washington, we wrote letters, they have hundreds and thousands of our reports. hundreds and thousands. and we thought we were getting along fine. and then i hear they're suing for the documents. what is this? >> okay. so a lot of news in the last couple of hours of cnn news room. we're going to g

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